A family in Arizona is seeking $10 million in damages after a group of unidentified cops were caught on video pointing a gun at them and threatening to” put a fu*king cap in your fu*king head”.
22-year-old Dravon Ames was with his pregnant fiancée, Iesha Harper, and their two young children on May 29 near 36th and Roosevelt streets when several Phoenix police officers approached their car with guns drawn after their daughter walked out of a Family Dollar store with a doll.
The shocking video shows officers screaming and cursing at the couple in front of their children to “put your fucking hands up.” One officer can be seen pointing a gun at the car with the children inside, while another can be heard saying, “You’re gonna fucking get shot!” Another officer is seen slamming Ames’ face against a police car and then kicking his legs apart. Meanwhile, another officer attempts to yank Harper’s 1-year-old daughter out of her arms.
The family has since filed a notice of claim against the city of Phoenix where they are seeking $10 million in damages. According to the notice of claim, the officer punched Ames in the back while he was pressed up against the police vehicle. The family says Dravon suffered physical injuries as a result of the encounter as well as their 1-year-old child who was injured when the cop attempted to yank the baby out of Harper’s arms. Former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is representing the family.
“The police officers committed battery, unlawful imprisonment, false arrest, infliction of emotional distress, and violation of civil rights under the fifth and 14th amendments of the United States Constitution,” the claim states.
“The first officer grabbed the mother and the baby around both of their necks, and tried to take the baby out of the mother’s hand. He told her to put the baby on the ground, which she was unwilling to do because the baby could not walk, and the ground consisted of hot pavement,” the notice of claim states. “The first officer pulled the baby by the arm to get her away from the mother, which injured the arm, in a condition known as ‘dead arm.’ Island [the couple’s 1-year-old child] has been having nightmares and wetting her bed, which she has not done before this incident,” it states.
Harper also alleges one of the officers told her he “could have shot you in front of your fucking kids” while she was handcuffed in the back of a police car.
Phoenix police say they’re investigating the incident but have not released the names of the officers involved. The police told ABC15 (KNXV-TV) that the officer who cursed, threatened, and roughed up Ames is on a “non-enforcement assignment.”However, the other officer who pointed a gun at Harper and her children inside the vehicle remains on patrol, Pheonix New Times reports.
Watch the shocking video below.